In ‘The Story of Baby P: Setting the record straight’, Ray Jones explains how the media distorted the sad saga of the death of 17-month-old Peter Connelly in 2007, following terrible domestic neglect and abuse.
The focus is on the reporting and how The Sun newspaper in particular led a campaign against the social workers involved in the case.
It captures neatly the double bind that pressurises social services even now. They can be attacked for being all too ready to snatch children away from their families. And, as in this instance, remiss in allowing children to stay in the harm's way of their dangerous families.
If elderly people are moved into sheltered accommodation or care homes, they suddenly face many problems, often including a sense of dislocation. It would be easy to discuss or investigate how bad this problem is, exactly what troubling effects it leads to, and other problem-focused lines of inquiry. Another option would be to do something worthwhile to give the new residents more of the feeing they want - of something familiar.